Sunday, April 6, 2014

Deana: Christmas Log Cabin and Windmill Borders

I made progress yesterday on my Christmas Log cabin blocks.  I have tried to make 10 blocks a month  this year, so here are the pieces of this month's goal.  I hope to finish them by the end of the month.

 Below is about half of the border for the Windmill Quilt.  I ran out of fabric and have to get some this week to finish.  I am making enough border for two tops.

Blogger wants to flip it sideways ???

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Deana finishes month 1 of Jessi's Medallion

Yay!  I got the first month done for Jessi's Medallion.  I am pleased with it and hope she will be too.

Here is the center...

with the first round of log cabin blocks...

and then the next round started.  We will finish this round and add others in May.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deana's April Goals

1.  Finish the borders for the Windmill quilt.

2.  Complete Month 1 of Jessi's Medallion blocks.
I cut the pieces out for this month just today

3.  8 Dear Jane Blocks
Below is what I have done so far on this quilt.
 Below are the blocks I hope to finish in April.  I just did fabric selections on them today.

4.  Finish the Holly embroidery strip and add it to the quilt.

5.  Finish the quilting on Jessi's Log Cabin & bind it.

6.  Baste Christmas Hexagons in Rotation

Linking up with Wip Wednesday and WOW on Esther's Blog.

Deana: March goal report

Here were my March Goals:

1. Finish 8 more blocks in Dear Jane.  The patterns are shown below.  FINISHED MARCH 29TH.



2.  Hand embroider the "Holly" strip in my snowman quilt.  It is the blank strip under the music strip.


 You can barely see that I started it on the right side.

After:  Not quite finished yet.

3. Finish this Windmill quilt top complete with borders.


After: Top done but not the borders. 

 Here is a photo of the progress I made on the borders.  It is a pieced border and a bit detailed. 

4.  Make 8 more Windmill blocks for the second quilt I am making out of them.  It is the exact same colors.
Finished March 31

5.  I hope to finish the quilting for Mom's quilt  in March.
Finished March 8th

6. Make ten more blocks in my Christmas Log Cabin quilt.


 7.  Finish kitting my round robin.  It needs to arrive at its new home by March 15th.  I cannot post a picture because it is a secret.  We all sent each other fabric and the receiver selects a pattern, cuts it out, kits it, and sews up the first kit.  The owner of the quilt will receive a finished quilt at the end.

Finished March 7, 2014

8.  Design a quilt for the red and white quilt challenge. 

Finished March 7th 2014 
The first one is for my daughter and is called Jessi's Medallion.  If you are interested in joining a sew-along for it please leave a comment.  More information here.

9.  Machine quilt and bind Jessi's Log Cabin.

Not Finished
I made progress but it is hard to see.  The threads you see are basting stitches.

Linking up tonight with Sew Cute and  Fabric Tuesday

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deana is slowly making progress

I am still making progress on my March goals.  It is going to be close!  Below is a photo of yesterday's sewing.  I have one windmill that just needs a center and two more pinned.  I also completed three more Dear Jane blocks.  One snuck into the picture this week (don't know what I was thinking), but I made it last week.

Most of the hours I've spent in quilting this week have been on finalizing my yardage calculations for my new design below.  I plan to purchase fabric Thursday and get started on it next week.  If you are interested in 
on this project, click the link for details.  It will be fun!

 I also entered this design in the red and white challenge, hence the second variation.


I am linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Deana: Lots done so far this week...

I have been sewing this week, but I have also been designing.  Linking up with  Freshly Pieced (WIP Wednesday) and Esther's WOW Wednesday.

I have been working on some of my March goals this week.  First off is Jessi's Log Cabin.  I am machine quilting it on my Bernina.  You can see the basting stitches all over.  I have a lot of the general outlining done.  I have not yet begun the "pretty" stuff.

I have also made 10 more blocks for my Christmas Log Cabin, I need to make ten more to make it look balanced, but that will happen next month.  It is the same pattern as the one above.  This one will be for me.

I have also made progress on 6 Windmill blocks for my other daughter. 

I am so excited to reveal "Jessi's Medallion" that I designed for my daughter.  I  finalized the design just this week and plan to get started on it in April.  If anyone would like to make it with me online, please leave a comment or email me at  There is also a link  below to more information about it.

Want to do a sew along?   It will be fun!  Click this link to find out more.

 I am also submitting this design to the Red and White Quilt Challenge.  The places that look black will actually be a dark/deep red.

I flipped a few blocks on this one, so it has a little different look in the center.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Deana: Sew along with me - My new design for the Red & White Challenge

Red & White Challenge AND
 a sew along   It will be fun!

I have been sewing this week, but I have also been designing.  Linking up with  Sew Cute, Show N Tell Tuesday, and Fabric Tuesday

I am so excited to reveal this quilt I designed for my daughter with her color choices in mind.  I plan to get started on it in April.  If anyone would like to make it with me online and help me test the pattern, please leave a comment or email me at

I think I have decided to call it "Jessi's Medallion".

I think I will offer the pattern for $12 to anyone who wants to sew along with me.  The price will double after the sew-a-long as we will be getting the kinks out of it for now.  I plan to release the pattern as we go, not all at once.  It will be offered via email in pdf format.  The pattern has some paper piecing, strip piecing, and some regular rotary cutting/piecing.  The quilt is 90" x 90" square to fit a queen sized bed.  The large white circle fits right on top of the bed with the borders hanging down. 

The project will begin in April and end in November of this year.

 I am also submitting this design to the Red and White Quilt Challenge.  I think it will be absolutely stunning in reds and whites!!  I can even picture it in blues and whites (my color choice).  I wish my daughter wanted it in red and white so I would not have to make two quilts.

My daughter wanted a log cabin/blended looking medallion.  She and I think the corner log cabin borders look kind of lacy.  I think I prefer the red version because the other one looks a bit like a Southwestern style.

I flipped a few blocks on this one, so it has a little bit different look in the center.  

I just can't wait to go fabric shopping!

Deana: Last week's progress

It does not look like I accomplished much last week from these pictures because I spent most of my time finishing Mom's quilt, sewing a round robin that is a secret so I can't show it, and quilting another quilt.

I finished 4 Dear Jane blocks.

G12 is called Gloriae.  It took me 2 hours and ten minutes and has 39 pieces.  It is applique and paper piecing.

G11 is called Molly's Muffins, has 14 pieces, is applique and paper pieced, and took me an hour and 6 minutes.

H1 is called Peek-a-boo.  It took me 37 minutes and is all paper pieced.  It has 20 pieces.

H2 is called Jacob Anthony.  It took me 30 minutes, has 22 pieces, and is all paper pieced.  This little block did not turn out as I had hoped.  I like it, but I intended to put some purple pieces in it and forgot.  Oh well.  I think it will look ok in the purple/pink section of the quilt anyway. 

I hope to soon have another row sewn onto the quilt to show you.  I just completed row G, so I am moving along nicely.

Below is a picture of some Windmill blocks I am making for my other daughter's windmill quilt.  I hope to have at least five completed by the end of today along with some other sewing projects.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Deana's 2nd finish in 2014

I am so pleased to announce another finish this year!!  I finished quilting mom's blue and brown quilt.

I am linking up with Joanie's Trendy Quilts 2014 Bloom Project!  Yes, I am blooming with finishes this year (I hope).